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Business & human rights: Weekly Update - April 22, 2009

Weekly Update: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre - 22 Apr 2009

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* Changuinola dam project, Panama: Cultural Survival says AES "using unscrupulous methods" to take indigenous people's land, "breaking up communities"
- AES response

* European Parliament Subcommittee on Human Rights:
- remarks by UN Special Representative John Ruggie
- statement by Business Leaders Initiative on Human Rights

* Intl. Alert: 4 new reports on Colombia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Uganda - role of business in economic recovery & peace-building

* Global economic downturn: Human rights implications and steps companies can take

* Commentary: Why mining companies should not neglect community engagement during the downturn

* Intl. Dalit Solidarity Network Annual Report 2008 - with section on private sector developments
- refers to initiatives by Daimler, HSBC, Shell

* Statement by global unions to UN Durban Review Conference on racism

* Philippines: Sagittarius Mines (SMI) adopts Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights

* USA: Congressional report on 2008 blast at Bayer plant that killed 2 - finds significant safety lapses & "campaign of secrecy"
- also provided: testimony of William Buckner, CEO Bayer CropScience

* "Business and water issues: a human rights perspective" - CSR Asia

* Japan: Chinese interns treated as "sweatshop laborers" (industries include textiles, metal processing, farming

* Philippines: Companies & govt. to hold meeting on responsible mining (23-24 Apr)
- Natl. Commission on Indigenous People will present "how Berong Nickel Co. partnered with indigenous communities in pursuing responsible mining"

* BASESwiki online forum: New Chinese & Russian-language portals
- forum is on non-judicial mechanisms for disputes between companies & stakeholders

* Symposium: "Human Security and Business - Focusing on Conflicts, Human Mobility, and Governance" (London, 27 Apr)
- co-organized by Univ. of Tokyo and Cass Business School

* Conference: Canadian mining industry's sustainability & human rights impacts (Univ. of Toronto, 26 Apr)
- featuring speakers from indigenous communities in Canada, Chile, Congo, Guatemala, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Tanzania

* Vacancy: PhD candidate, Faculty of Law, Maastricht University - dissertation on justiciability of human rights violations by companies (deadline 11 May)

* Español: Chile: Sancionan a empresas por prácticas anti-sindicales - supermercados dicen que se trata de hechos puntuales

* Español: Panamá: Indígenas defienden sus tierras contra "agresiones" de empresas como AES
- AES dice que hay avances positivos respecto al reasentamiento de comunidades y estudio de la biodiversidad

* Español: Colombia: Policía impide protesta indígena contra Puerto Brisa en La Guajira

* Español: Oxfam critica la promoción de la atención de la salud por medio de asistencia privada en países pobres

* Español: Alianza de Telefónica y Nokia para llevar contenidos educativos a escuelas remotas de América Latina

* Español: México: Foro de pueblos indígenas en Oaxaca exige respeto de sus territorios y suspensión de proyectos empresariales

* Français : Pfizer & Abbott promettent davantage d'anti-rétroviraux à l'Afrique

* Français : Oxfam critique la promotion des soins privés pour améliorer la santé dans les pays pauvres

* Français : Résumé de l'audition sur les entreprises et droits de l'homme, organisée par la sous-commission droits de l'homme du Parlement Européen
- Interview avec John Ruggie, représentant de la ONU sur les entreprises et droits de l'homme

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